harry chalmiers

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I was born and raised in Louisiana. My dad was determined I would play professional baseball, as he had. I spent my early years in little league and various other ball teams.

This worked out pretty well until I got my hands on a guitar. I learned a few chords and by 9th grade I was playing a 1964 Epiphone electric guitar in a band called the Tremelos, instead of playing baseball.

Then, my life changed in one fortuitous moment. At a record store I found an album in the 99-cent bin called Segovia Plays Bach. I took it home, put it on the turntable, and fell in love. I couldn't believe that was only one person playing the guitar! And then there was the music itself - who was this Bach guy?

I decided I would devote my life to mastering classical guitar. I learned about a school in Boston that would take you even if you hadn't studied a lot previously. You just had to be able to play, and I could do that.

So I got into Berklee College of Music, and moved to Boston. After graduating with a Bachelor's in Music Composition I went on to earn a Master's Degree in Music Composition at the New England Conservatory of Music.

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